With the peak backpacking season looming, now is a great time to start thinking about visa regulations required by countries outside of the EU. The process and costs for visa applications can seem like a midfield so to make it a little easier, there is a handy guide detailing all you need to know on the APH website.
The Gatwick parking provider's research found that charges for visas and tourist cards can fluctuate enormously depending on the destination. For example backpackers heading to Australia can apply for an eVisitor visa at no cost, while those heading to Russia can face paying up to a whopping £220 when applying last minute using the Express Service.
Typical costs for some of the most popular backpacking jaunts include:
Cambodia A £13 charge for e-Visa or one-month tourist visa obtainable on arrival
India A six-month costs £30 and can take seven days to process
Nepal A 15-day visa costs £15 and can take up to a fortnight to process by post
Thailand No visa is required for stays of less than 30 days if arriving from an international airport
Vietnam A 30-day single entry visa must be obtained before arrival at a cost of £38
Backpackers on a budget can avoid extra costs simply by planning ahead. For example, tourists going to Australia who do not apply for their free eVisitor at least 15 days before travel will require an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) which comes with a cost of £12 attached.
The full guide is available at www.aph.com/visasabroad